(b Bangalore, 20 Nov. 1917; d 12 Oct. 2003)
Indian dancer, choreographer, and teacher. A pioneering ambassador for classical Indian dance around the world. He studied kathakali with Kunju Kunrup, bharata natyam with Sundaram, kathak with Misra, and manipuri with Nabakumar. He first came to Europe in 1938 and brought his own company to London in 1939, embarking on the foreign tours that would help raise the international profile of Indian dance. He opened the Academy for Indian Dance and Music in London in 1962 and wrote several books including Dances of India, Legend of the Taj Mahal, and his autobiography Rhythm in the Heavens (London, 1957).